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It takes an immense amount of trust to place your aging parent or loved one in the care of a nursing home in Kissimmee. This trust is usually well-earned, as most people who work to care for the elderly are compassionate professionals. But unfortunately, some sub-standard nursing home facilities and their staff members do not take their duty towards their patients seriously, resulting in the abuse and neglect of seniors.
Our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan understand how traumatizing elder and nursing home abuse can be for the victim and their family. We will fight to get justice for your family and hold nursing homes and staff members responsible for their neglectful conduct.
Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
As many seniors in nursing home care suffer from dementia, abused loves ones may not always be able to communicate the abuse or neglect that they are experiencing. It falls to family members to observe any signs of abuse and speak up about suspicions of wrongdoing.
Although nursing home abuse can take many forms, here are some common signs that your loved one may not be receiving the care they deserve, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
- Bed sores
- Unexplained bruises or injuries
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Poor hygiene
- Fear and anxiety
- Withdrawal from normal activities
Other Forms of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse isn’t just limited to nursing homes and care facilities. Sadly, the elderly are targeted in a number of ways, including:
Domestic: The neglect or abuse of an elder by a family member or caregiver, including spouses, siblings, children, or friends. This abuse often occurs in the home of the elder.
Financial: The financial exploitation of an elder through coercion, force, or by taking advantage of a senior’s dementia. This may include forged checks, scams, excessive withdrawals, changes in living wills and other legal documents, and other schemes to drain a senior’s savings, according to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
Self-Neglect: When an elderly person is a threat to their own health or safety, usually as a result of dementia or illness. Self-neglect may include the senior’s refusal to provide him or himself food, water, clothing, shelter, hygiene, or medicine.
Abandonment: When a senior is purposefully abandoned by a family member or caretaker at a hospital, nursing home, or public location.
What Our Attorneys can do for You
When investigating nursing home abuse against your loved one, our attorneys may do the following to bolster your claim:
- Work alongside medical experts to determine the cause of your loved one’s injuries;
- Review your loved one’s medical records;
- Ensure the nursing home does not block access to evidence;
- Gather photographic evidence and review security videotape from the time of the abuse;
- Review business records to determine the legality of the nursing home’s hiring practices;
- Interview other employees and residents of the nursing home; and
- Interview any witnesses to the abuse.
How Much Does a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Cost?
Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Kissimmee work on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you pay no consultation fees or upfront costs. You will only pay a reasonable fee to your attorney if he or she is successful at winning your case and recovering compensation for you.
Our Attorneys Can Help Protect Your Loved Ones
The abuse or neglect of a senior is absolutely unacceptable. Although past victories don’t guarantee future results, our attorneys have a proven track record of success recovering the compensation necessary to help nursing home abuse victims and their families heal.
If you or someone you love is the victim of nursing home or elder abuse, contact us today for a free, no-risk case evaluation form. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.